Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) Trial

Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy is a gold standard treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In its existing form, this therapy can be difficult for current and ex-serving ADF personnel to commit to, as the treatment usually takes 10 weeks, so we are trialling an alternative.

About the trial

Early evidence suggests that providing exposure therapy in a more intensive, shorter format may be as effective as the standard approach. However, to date there have been no rigorous studies comparing the effectiveness of these two options in a real-world setting.

The Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) Trial is investigating a new intensive form (daily sessions for 2 weeks), to determine whether it is as effective as the standard form (one session per week for 10 weeks).

The RESTORE trial is a partnership between Phoenix Australia, the Department of Defence and Open Arms. The trial is offered in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Townsville, and Australia-wide via telehealth.

Veterans and ex-serving ADF members will be allocated to either intensive or standard prolonged exposure treatment, which involves ten 90-minute sessions (either weekly or daily), face-to-face or via telehealth with an experienced clinician.


Clinicians and ex-serving ADF members can refer or express interest by calling or emailing the trial Intake Officer. Current serving members must be referred by their Medical Officer.

To register your interest or for further information, please contact restore@unimelb.edu.au or call 1800 856 824. Information is also available at your local Open Arms centre or by phoning 1800 011 046.

The closing date to sign up is 11 September 2020.


"I got my life back, maybe not the same one that I had before, but it is one that I will cherish and enjoy to the fullest every day that I can." - RESTORE trial participant


The trial partners would like to recognise their collaborators at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Monash University, the University of New South Wales and University of Queensland.